Monday, August 24, 2015

In Which There is No Bling . . . But There IS a $60 Giveaway

I'm not a bling kind of girl.  You'll usually find me wearing a bit of jewelry ... three rings on one finger, a bracelet, tiny studs in my ears, and maybe an ankle bracelet in the summer.

But it's all rather understated, nothing flashy, nothing that jumps out at you. No one's turning their heads to look at my bling.  That's not who I am.

And then these fabulous new flips, in all their rhinestone glory, surprisingly called my name as I was looking for something to slip on / off my feet for a few summertime weddings.  {TJ Maxx is 3 minutes from my new home.  How cool is that!}

I step out of my nondescript comfort zone whenever I slip them on.

All this to say that I am beyond excited that my new website is up and running.

{I think!  I hope!  Oh please let there be no glitches!}  

And while my feet may be sporting some bling these days, there's absolutely nothing flashy, trendy, or eye-catching about my new online home's design.  No bells and whistles, no widgets and gizmos.

My desire is to offer you, dear reader, a soft place to land.  A gentle pause in the busyness of your online travels.  A calm haven where you might catch your breath and be re-filled.  An opportunity for you to join in community with other like-minded souls to savor whatever is on the table at the moment.

And the warm invitation to safely join in on the conversation at hand.  Or silently soak it all in on the sidelines.

This online home is what my soul's been craving.  

As a writer, this kind of quiet atmosphere is a compelling gift that frees me up to do my best work.  For you, dear reader, I am pleased to create a space that invites you to focus on meaningful words and beautiful photos with nothing to distract.

The links to read my story, sift through a sampler of past writings, or to subscribe, are at the top of the page.  And keep an eye out for upcoming 1-1 conversations!  {If you're reading on a mobile device, click on the blue horizontal band and the page options will show up for you.}

I hope the spacious white space, larger font, and deep gray lettering make your visits here just a tad more welcoming and relaxing.

And to celebrate this little housewarming, I'm giving away a $60 TJ Maxx gift card to one random reader who leaves a comment on this post by Monday, August 31st, at 10 pm {eastern}.  Be sure your link includes some kind of contact info, ok?  I'll be announcing the winner that evening.

And why $60 you might ask?

Because 60 is the new 30.  I think.  I hope.

And I'm going there this week.





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72 comments:

  1. Hurray!!!!

    I am so glad it is up and running.

    May your new online space give words of hope, encouragement and peace to everyone who reads.

    May it be inviting, refreshing and reviving.

    May the Lord fill you with more grace and inspiration that will lift hearts.
    In Jesus Name...

    Amen!

    God Bless, my dear friend Linda.

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    1. Thanks, friend!

      I'm praying against those technological glitches!

      ;-}

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  2. It looks beautiful here, Linda! I'm all about clean, uncluttered space. Gives us all some breathing room. Thanks for your hard work to make the switch to a new place!

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  3. Good to visit you at your new home Linda. Well...at least this one. :) As for bling, I wear a wedding ring and a RoadID (RoadID.com on my site). That is it. My wife wears a wedding band and her Fitbit (but takes it off any time she can). She also wears flip flops. I can't keep the silly things on my feet. :)

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    1. Thanks for hanging in there when the glitches appeared. I think I've aged another 60 years in the last couple of hours!

      Sigh.

      Appreciate you, man ...

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  4. LOokong forward to the new journey...always enjoyed creek side and am sure will enjoy this new site - blessings - and btw - love ur flip flops! Bcf327&yahoo.com

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    1. Thanks for taking the time to say 'hi' whoever you are!

      ;-}

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    2. I'm Bonnie :)

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    3. Hey Bonnie! I'm so glad you told me who anonymous was! Your tech wizard husband can show you how to put your name in that comment box. The guy's a genius!

      So good to have you here!

      ;-}

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  5. Congrats on your new site! It looks awesome. I can't wait to hear more from you and learn from your wise words!
    And yes, 60 is the new 30 :)

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    1. I'm glad you like it, Sarah. Let's see what God has for us in the days ahead!

      ;-}

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  6. Linda,
    Your new online home is just lovely -- plenty of space to spread out, light and bright and fresh and airy! :) And best of all, you're there in the doorway, welcoming us! (And if you had a scone and some coffee, even better!!) Seriously, it's exciting to have a new online space and a new physical home -- you're all about changes this year. And I just LOVE that 60 is the new 30 -- you must be having a milestone birthday? I'm having one myself in a few weeks so I'm heartily enjoying my last days of the 40s. But pssst -- you don't look a day over 29!! xoxo

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    1. If 60 is the new 30, then that must make you about 20! Cool, huh?

      ;-}

      Math was never my strong point. And all this tech stuff to get this up and running has been a bit of a drag to say the least. I use a scone or two right about now with a cup of tea and your good company!

      So glad you're here!

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  7. I like the new look! nice and clean, simple, and looks easy to navigate. I'll enjoy exploring it.

    I'm curious why you went with .net and how it works for you. Contemplating that since my name .com is already in use :(

    Take care!! Good to hear from you again!

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    1. Yep, .com was in use on this end, too, Dar! .net was a good 2nd best choice but there are some other fun ones like .me

      It's a real project, isn't it ...

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  8. Great new space, my friend! I have a feeling a lot of love, inspiration and encouragement will be exchanged here. Lord, may it be so. And, if I caught tHat little hint right, HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

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    1. You penned it well, June. Let's keep on exchanging that love, inspiration and encouragement, friend! It so honors Him and builds each of us up ...

      Thanks for the birthday greetings, too!

      ;-}

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  9. Congratulations on your new spot on the web, Linda. Love it! :)

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  10. It blog looks beautiful! And Happy Birthday too!!!

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  11. I love the new look and I love T.J. Maxx. I have one about 15 minutes from my house too. You are going through all kinds of changes! A new home, a new website, a new decade! Congratulations.

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    1. You're so right! All the changes do have my head in a bit of a spin!

      Thankfully, God hasn't changed a bit and He's just as strong and solid and present as ever. And for that grace, I am grateful.

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  12. Love the new space!! It's beautiful! And I'm so glad to hear that 60 is the next 30 because I'll be celebrating a milestone too and that means I'll be 20!! Here's to a fabulous new decade!! Happy Birthday, Linda!!

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    1. Happy 20th, Val!

      You wear it well, girl!

      ;-}

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  13. Hi Linda! Love the new website and your new rhinestone shoes! Change is HARD! As someone who, all within 12 months, packed up her family and left a home she loved, moved said family to the oppressively hot state of Florida, decided that New York was home and moved said family back, built a new house, and just moved in, I can empathize with your life changes. I miss you and would love to reconnect.

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    1. I heard rumors in the wind that you had left and returned! Hearing from you again has simply made my day. What a story you have to tell ...

      I'm delighted to reconnect with you, lovely lady!

      ;-}

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  14. Well, it may not have a bunch'a bling, but it's pretty. :)
    Yay for no glitches. :) ((hug))

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    1. I'm hoping the glitches that are still there will quickly work themselves out, ya' know? Nothing like technology out of whack to make you crazed!

      ;-{

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  15. I'm visiting from Intentional Tuesday and the site looks great! Love the sandals, they look beautiful! Good luck on the new site and prayers for no glitches ;)

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    1. Hey, welcome Rhiannon! You picked a great day to come by. Thanks for partying with us!

      ;-}

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  16. I love your new site, Linda. When I started blogging, I read a lot about the importance of developing relationships with potential subscribers and other bloggers. Honestly, it kind of scared me because I didn't even know where to start. You, my friend, are a great example of how to do this in an authentic, encouraging way. So thank you, and many blessings as you begin this new chapter of your online ministry!

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    1. You've captured the essence of blogging, Lois! It's all about relationships. If it's simply about showcasing our own writing or gathering subscribers, there's a subtle but sure difference. And it shows.

      You've encouraged me so much today ... our hearts are resonating on this subject, for sure ...

      Appreciate you, girl!

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  17. I love everything about your new home but that's because I love you! The simple header is so you-no frills but ready to sit here in your new home with each person who stops by. I am looking forward to seeing where this new place takes you and how your writing evolves as you also evolve. Love you dear friend.

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    1. Aw, you're just a sweetheart, Mary!

      And don't you wish we could gather all those in our online communities around us, live and in person! What a thrill that would be ...

      No wonder blogging retreats are a big hit. But you'd know that, wouldn't you, since you just teamed up to lead one!

      Admire your courage in doing so ...

      And am so grateful you're here!

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  18. Hi Linda! I love the simplicity here...much like your thoughts about bling. I am totally a bling girl (love the sparkle!) but I know sometimes we just don't need it.
    I see from your comments that you have made a wonderful impact on so many people, including me. May God bless your new space as he blesses you with wonderful things to say. A goodbye to Creekside is bittersweet I'm sure. But the 'hello' to lindastoll.net is pretty darn exciting. You go girl!!
    Ps. Love the flips.
    PPS I'm going to be 60 in a few weeks too. Seriously. We need to meet!!!!
    Blessings,
    Ceil

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    1. May your 30th birthday be filled with bling and sparkle, girl!

      ;-}

      And even more so as you welcome that new little grandbaby of yours! What a cutie! It just doesn't get any better than that, does it ...

      Keep me posted if you head out this way again. The welcome mat is out!

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  19. Linda,
    Congrats on your beautiful new blog and your new flip flops...isn't it fun how stepping out of our comfort zone in one way can symbolize other new steps we're taking...Appreciate you and love you and your heart to encourage :-) Praying God continues to bless you here :-)

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    1. And this you said --> 'stepping out of our comfort zone in one way can symbolize other new steps we're taking'

      I know to expect lovely morsels of godly wisdom when you speak, my soul care sister ... so grateful at how you keep on building into my life.

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  20. It is quiet and relaxing here. You've hit the target with precision, Linda. Oh, and the flip flops? Love 'em! A little bling obviously does a girl good. ;-)

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    1. Thanks for putting up your feet here with us today, Kristi. Flips or not, we all need a time and place to relax and embrace sweet conversations!

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  21. Linda, I love your new space and all the breathing room. Praying the move is free of glitches and peaceful for you too. Thank you, Linda, for sharing your heart at #IntentionalTuesday on Intentionally Pursuing. : )

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    1. Thanks for the welcome and the kind words, Crystal! I just love room to breathe, don't you?

      ;-}

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  22. Congratulations Linda on the launch of your new blog. I am always encouraged to see each member of a team use their gifts and their strengths to enhance the team. You are such a team player. I love your style and depth that you make available to all your readers. Your format is compelling and draws readers to the meat of the subject. Now Brent with his blog, you with your blog and me, hopefully, with the Creekside blog will each make a greater contribution to the body of Christ through our individual efforts together. I believe in TEAM - Together Each Accomplishes More. Congratulations on your blog. I pray that it will have great success. Even though our Team of three is separated by geography we are still a Team. By the way - I'm looking for your first book to come out. Anyone with your great writing skills needs to be published so many more can grasp all the good things you have to offer. Blessings

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    1. Your words encourage. Thanks, Bob. Looking forward to you starting to write again ... you bring great portions of spiritual meat to the table, much to chew on, much to grow from.

      Go TEAM!

      Not all that sure about the book. I'd really have to get some great big sign from heaven to head in that direction.

      ;-}

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  23. Okay, Linda, you don't have to include me in the "giveaway" but please include me in the "CONGRATULATIONS!" And by the way, those flipflops are darling! And your pretty toes and cute feet make you the best "flipflop" model I've seen in quite a while! I'm excited that you're in a place that feels more like home--here and there! ;-)

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    1. 'Flipflop model.' Now THAT'S funny!

      I guess this is what 60 year old feet look like, huh?

      ;-}

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  24. Happy Birthday! :) Great way to celebrate the bling in your heart and the sparkle that makes YOU shine. I like the draw to simply pause and rest in the encouragement words give to each other.

    I found a pair of flip flops like that this summer and they draw praise and admiration wherever I go. :)
    Many blessings,
    Dawn

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    1. 'The bling in your heart.'

      Yeah, I like that! Christ puts the sparkle in us, doesn't He ... it's all His joy that's come to stay!

      No matter what's on our feet ...

      {And how fun to hear we're wearing the same flips, Dawn!}

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  25. Your new design is wonderfully serene and is indeed, a soft place to land. Congrats! Oh, and your flip flops and fabulous! :)

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    1. Serene. Yes! You've heard my heart, Pary!

      ;-}

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  26. All the best with your new site, Linda. Left another comment on the old as well...sentimental. PS Really dig your blue toenails :)

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    1. Yeah, it is all so very sentimental, a bit bittersweet but yet so exhilarating!

      God is so very good!

      Thanks for coming by and visiting here and there. It meant alot to me ...

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  27. Hi there - stopping in again. I tried to reply to your reply to my earlier comment, but whether it is computer or website, I'm not sure, but it wouldn't let me reply.

    Anyway, Happy Birthday!!!! It seems impossible that a year has passed (or is it two?) since that lovely surprise party held for you at Creekside. Look at all that has happened, how God has grown and challenged and held us tenderly in His arms over the last year. I wish you the very best of years to come and pray that God will bless you with many new opportunities to touch others in His name. Blessings!!

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    1. Yeah, I'm hearing of people having problems leaving a comment ... makes me crazy, Dar! If that happens, simply shoot me an email with your comment and I'll post it. No problem! Your words matter.

      Thanks for your birthday wishes ... you're kind and gracious! 60 has come way too quick. Seize the day!

      ;-}

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    1. YIPPEE! It worked!

      You miracle worker, you ...

      Thanks for hanging in with me!

      ;-}

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  29. I agree ... a nice relaxed online home while reading and drinking lemonade. I like it!
    thefiggtree@yahoo.com

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  30. Linda, I absolutely love your heart! Like you, I don't have a fancy site with all of the bells and whistles either. Just a place that you can come and prayerfully find the love and the peace of THE LORD. Always a blessing to visit with you! Cute flops by the way! I have some white ones very similar to those. Peace and many blessings to you, Love! :-)

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    1. And this ---> 'prayerfully find the love and the peace of THE LORD.'

      And all I can say is amen. Thank you, Tai. For this is what it's all about, isn't it ...

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  31. lol @ 60 is the new 30, I love it:)! Congrats on your new website, it's lovely! Wish you all the very best, praying and trusting that God's name be glorified in all you do. Thanks for sharing:)! God bless. Oh if I win my email address is myname at mywebsite.com (pls see link for my website). Thanks:)

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    1. Yes, yes! I want God's name to be glorified in all I do! Thank you for making my deepest desires one of your prayers, Bomi!

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  32. Lookin' good, girlfriend!!!!!!!

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  33. So excited for your new blog!!! What a major accomplishment! Love you like crazy!

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    1. Now you know why I seemed just a BIT distracted earlier this week!

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  34. Linda,
    I came here from nesting place after reading about your physical upheaval followed immediately by your father's death. I was so moved with love for you. May the love you're dishing out to others return 100-fold to comfort and inspire you.
    Blessings,
    Lea

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    1. Lea ... your kindness touches me somewhere deep. Thank you for lavishing such grace on me. I am moved by the way you've reached out after reading a bit of my recent story.

      Nester's post was so spot on, wasn't it ...

      My best to you, dear ... please return, ok?

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    1. Always fun when you're here, Lyli!

      ;-}

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'I want the people in my life to know that when they come to me, with whatever is on their mind or heart, they will be heard. I am dedicated to hearing the hearts of those around me.'
~ Adam McHugh, The Listening Life

Linda